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Guidance to licensing authorities

The Gambling Commission's guidance for licensing authorities.


3 - Co-ordination and contact

1.10. The Commission works with national bodies such as the Local Government Association (LGA) (opens in new tab), The Institute of Licensing (IoL) (opens in new tab), The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) (opens in new tab), the Society of Local Authority Lawyers and Administrators in Scotland (SOLAR) (opens in new tab), The Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) (opens in new tab) and others to share intelligence and good practice as well as regular updates on gambling related matters. The Commission also provides a regular update via the LA Bulletin, e learning modules, a dedicated section of the website2, inspection templates and quick guides. Resource permitting we offer support for specific cases of compliance and enforcement as well as the delivery of training and awareness raising sessions throughout Great Britain.

1.11 Since the Act was introduced a great deal of collective experience and insight has been developed, enabling licensing authorities and the Commission to fulfil their roles within the shared regulatory system more effectively and efficiently. Case studies available in the LA toolkit provide examples of successful multi-agency initiatives undertaken by the Commission and its regulatory partners.

1.12. Licensing Authorities and their public health colleagues should be aware that in 2019 the Commission published a National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms3 which ran until 2022. Experience suggests that close working between the teams can deliver important results in protecting the third licensing objective of ‘protecting children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling’. A database of national, regional and local initiatives can be found on the Commission website4.

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